The Cashmere Bulldogs are one of only three teams at the 1A State Tournament in Yakima that will finish the season on a winning note. Cashmere defeated River View 43-40 Saturday morning to capture the 4th place trophy. NCWLIFE Channel Sports Director Eric Granstrom has more…
Cashmere trailed by one at the end of the 1st quarter and by a score of 18-17 at the half. The Bulldogs were shooting miserably from the three point line in the first half at oh-for-11. Cashmere Coach Levi Heyen said he told the boys they’ll be fine. “I told them to just keep playing our game: defending, rebounding, and shooting the good shots and they’ll go in.” That’s exactly what happened as Cashmere shot 50-percent from beyond the arc in the second half (4-for-8) and improved their overall field goal percentage to 43%.
Junior Sam Phillips led Cashmere with 15-points while fellow junior Carter Alberts had 12. They said there was no panic in the locker room. “Coach just told us to keep doing what we were doing and to help a little more on their big guys,” said Phillips.
Heyen said the boys just needed to stay the course
The back-and-forth contest saw 10-lead changes and one tie. Sam Phillips hit three-straight shots to end the third quarter and start the fourth to put Cashmere up by 9. Coach Heyen said Phillips does what he needs to. “He is a smart player. He does just enough to help us win. He scored 12-points yesterday and only took 5-shots (against Meridian). But it takes the entire team. Reid Smith hit three big three-pointers in the second half. Brooks Elliott gave us one second chance after another on the offensive glass. And of course, Carter Alberts did what he does.”
It was the 4th time in school history that Cashmere placed 4th at State. It was the first time placing for the Bulldogs at the Sun Dome since it took 6th in 2013.